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Trash to Treasure

ages 2-6


Old boxes, markers, crayons or paint

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Ever notice how the kids like the boxes as much as the gifts? Well, don't just throw those boxes away. I recycle all cardboard boxes by ripping or cutting them into artwork canvases. Using an extra large clip, mount the cardboard onto an art easel if you have one. If not just lay them on the table. Then let your kids create on this new medium. My kids can't wait to get their hands on a box when something arrives in the mail. After they are done creating, we'll hang it on their art line until another box arrives and a new artwork appears.


Amy said:

What a great way to teach children about recycling, too. Kids can also cut cardboadrd with safety scissors, which is a great way to strengthen hand muscles and define fine motor skills to help with writing.

- Posted on Mar 31, 2008

Leanne said:

My kids love this activity!

- Posted on May 28, 2008

beancuso said:

You could even make a recycled "frame" for your art piece by using old fabric or ribbon scraps, miscellaneous buttons or beads from other projects, or the million stickers that seem to be lying about.

- Posted on Sep 14, 2008

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